Residents keep busy on Election Eve

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Candidates weren't the only people with their hands full the day before the election.

Supporters were out in full force.

Volunteers took advantage of every last second, calling residents to gather extra votes for their candidates.

"It's going to be a very high turnout, and everybody who misses out on it is sure missing out on a historical event," said Pat Wilson, head of Montgomery County's Republican Party.

Other residents took a different approach, using prayer to help sort through the stresses of election season.

"I think it's helpful just to take some time to listen to the inner voice..and to our convictions, and to our religious values," said Senior Pastor Barry Carpenter of Montgomery's Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Groups like the NAACP held similar prayer vigils to raise voter awareness.

"Where we walk, where we work, and where we live--that will be on the hands of our next leader," said Della Bryant of the Montgomery County NAACP.

ASU students got the message loud and clear at Monday night's "Rock the Vote" celebration--using music to help get young men and women to the polls.

"We're encouraging everyone to go out and vote..for whatever candidate they so choose..and to make sure they encourage others to vote," explained Yvette Harris, a senior at ASU and the event's organizer.

In such an important election year, college students and state leaders agree.

Every vote counts.

"The last thing you want to do is get up on Wednesday, and say, 'If I had only done this, then it would have made a difference,'" said Governor Bob Riley.

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